Valencia is proving a popular post-lockdown destination and not just for the sun, sea and city attractions. Nature lovers are also finding a haven of peace and tranquility at Albufera lake, just south of the city.
Just a short drive away you'll find a completely different world and a perfect day out at Albufera: a large freshwater lagoon surrounded by rice fields that supply the region's famous paellas.
Missed by many rushed visitors to the city, it is only 12 miles (20km) south of Valencia and a must-see for those who enjoy nature and the outdoors. A visit to Albufera can be made in a few hours or you can easily make a day trip to this beautiful area.
Albufera is an Arabic word, "al-buhayra" meaning small sea. This coastal lagoon sits between the sea and rice paddies and is in a geological area which includes estuaries and the river mouths of the Turia and Jucar rivers.
Declared a nature park in 1986, Albufera is the largest lake on the Iberian peninsula (9 square miles/24 km²). Its shoreline is separated from the sea by a 6 mile (approximately 10 km) stretch of land reaching south from Valencia.
A haven for unique migratory birds and waterfowl, you will be treated to an array of bird watching opportunities at the nature reserve. Boat trips are available on the lagoon where you can combine bird watching and see the barracas, traditional thatched farmers' cottages, with a design that dates back hundreds of years.
The towns of El Palmar and El Saler are found in the region, and are great spots to enjoy a meal typical to the region, such as duck paella or all i pebre.
If you prefer to see the area on foot, there are a number of walking tracks, and museums to visits. We also offer tours with boat trips and lunch.